St. Patrick's Day is a Hop, Skip and a Jump Away

In these parts St. Patrick's Day, March 17th, is a big deal. In Holyoke, where I was born and where I currently live, SPD is more than a big deal, it's almost a religious cult. The St. Patrick's Day Parade in Holyoke is on the Sunday closest to the actual saint's day, and this year that Sunday is March 18th. There will be floats and marching bands, dignitaries and politicians, colleens and clowns. Thousands will line the route to watch and more will watch on TV. There will be a lot of baby in strollers. A lot of beer and whiskey will be imbibed. The spirit of the fun-loving Irish will be infectious.

So at the bakery, we make a nod to this tradition and offer a few pastries and breads, some traditional, others more inventive. All are offered in the spirit of the first hints of Spring. Even our pastries where the green.

Linzer O'Hearts- Dark Chocolate cookies with a mint jelly filling

Guinness Brownies

Irish Soda Bread- A buttermilk biscuit bread with currants and caraway. Not too sweet.

Green French Macaroons- Almond flour shells with a dark ganache center and Irish Whiskey-flavored butter cream filling.

Blarney Scones- A new addition this year. A slightly sweeter buttermilk scone with oats, currants, caraway and lemon and nutmeg.

We will also be making our Black and Tan cupcakes- a Guinness Brownie-batter cupcake with a mountain of Irish Whiskey butter cream on top. Picture to follow tomorrow.

And don't forget our famous Hot Cross Buns- an eggy, buttery roll with golden raisins and spices, topped with a sugar icing cross. They break the boundary between Winter and Spring. We will have these treats weekends through Easter.

All of our St. Patrick's Day treats will be available now 'til the parade.

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